Rio Tinto, Chow Tai Fook continue as Headline Partners for JNA Awards 2014

HONG KONG, 16 September, 2013 – JNA (Jewellery News Asia) announced that Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd will continue to be Headline Partners for the third straight year of the JNA Awards. This was disclosed at a signing ceremony held on September 12, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong.


Also returning as Honoured Partners are Israel Diamond Institute, KARP Group and Shanghai Diamond Exchange. The JNA Awards 2014 will be held on September 16, 2014 in conjunction with the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the world’s biggest B2B marketplace for the gem and jewellery sectors.

Key partners reaffirm support for JNA Awards 2014. (Pictured from left) Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Rita Maltez, Manager of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Greater China Representative Office; Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice-President of UBM Asia; Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group, UBM Asia; Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group and Moti Ganz, Chairman of Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies.

Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia said, “We are tremendously grateful for the unwavering support of both our Headline and Honoured Partners. These partnerships reflect their commitment in helping us pursue excellence, innovation and success in the gemstone and jewellery industry.”


“The support shown to us by these industry leaders is nothing short of remarkable. Their resounding endorsement drives us to continue to elevate the jewellery trade and honour those who have contributed immensely towards advancement of the industry,” added Wolfram Diener, UBM Asia Senior Vice President.


Jean-Marc Lieberharr, Managing Director at Rio Tinto Diamonds, said, “Rio Tinto is proud to announce its continuing support of the JNA Awards in 2014. Our shared vision is to encourage innovation as a driver of growth for our industry, and we are delighted to work with the dedicated professionals behind the JNA Awards to realise this vision. We look forward to a long and successful association with the JNA Awards,”


Kent Wong, Managing Director at Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group said, “It is our honour to be the Headline Partner of the JNA Awards for three consecutive years since its inception in 2012. We are very pleased to join hands with other partners to render utmost support to this iconic event of the jewellery industry. We believe that through recognition of excellence, leadership and innovation, we can further drive the growth and development of the industry.”


The JNA Awards seeks to honour the innovators and leaders of the jewellery trade. It celebrates the successes and achievements in manufacturing, branding, retailing, best business practice, innovation, sustainability and outstanding contribution.


The recipients for the 16 categories of the second annual JNA Awards were also revealed on September 12 at a ceremony and gala dinner attended by over 500 industry luminaries at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.


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Notes for Editors:


1.            About JNA

JNA is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, gemstone and jewellery-making equipment, and supplies sectors.


2.            About the Headline Partners


2.1   Rio Tinto Diamonds (

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world's major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent of the Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India. 


Rio Tinto's share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York.  It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine.  Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of Responsible Jewellery Council.


2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, a leading jeweller in the Mainland of China, Hong Kong and Macau, was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011 and has become the world’s largest pure-play jeweller by market capitalisation. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index. Its principal products are mass luxury jewellery and high-end luxury jewellery products including gemset jewellery, gold product, and platinum and karat gold product, and watch.


The Group’s iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” and long-standing history of over 80 years of operations represent key competitive advantages of its business. The Chow Tai Fook brand is recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for its product design, quality and value.


The Group has an extensive retail network, with over 1,850 points of sale in more than 400 cities in Greater China, Singapore and Malaysia. It also has a growing presence in e-commerce. The Group’s vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive retail network.


3.         About the Honoured Partners

Israel Diamond Institute (

The Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) Group of Companies is a non-profit, public interest company that represents all organisations and institutions involved in Israel’s diamond industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres, and the Israeli diamond industry has an illustrious and impressive history dating back to the late 1930s. IDI works for the benefit of Israel’s diamond industry. Its responsibilities include marketing and public relations, build-up of R&D capabilities, rough sources promotion, professional development and training, publication of professional literature and security consultancy. IDI is also responsible for industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, organising Israeli Diamond Pavilions, receptions, press conferences and other events at these fairs. IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.


3.2 KARP Group

With over four decades of experience and expertise in the diamond trade, KARP caters to international luxury brands. Apart from being a DTC Sightholder, the group is recognised as an “institution” in the industry, using the most technologically advanced manufacturing systems in the business. KARP manufactures a huge array of products, from 0.005-carat goods to stones weighing 10 carats and above. It excels in the production of certified fine makes, fancy-cut goods and fancy coloured diamonds. The manufacturer is one of the few companies that has achieved up to 5-micron precision in diamond manufacturing.


3.3 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (

Authorized by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange is the only diamond exchange in China, which enjoys favorable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with the international practice of diamond industry. It provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue with closed management.


4.            About UBM Asia

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.


With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.


UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.



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